I have made several of these quilts now and have done different style blocks on each one. Nine patch, rail fence, whatever. Each section is 4x8 and each block is 6.5 inches (including seam allowance) so it makes a nice size lap quilt.
The star is appliqued on leaving a 0.5 inch border which I then clip fringe style so it 'rags' nicely when washed.
Everything's bigger in Texas! ~